For the second weekend in a row, IndyCar finished a race under yellow. Josef Newgarden would be the beneficiary as he claimed his second victory of 2020 and 16th in his IndyCar career.
The NTT IndyCar Series closed out a busy weekend in motorsports with the second race of a doubleheader at World Wide Technology Raceway.
The race suffered a slight delay before the start due to a vehicle leaking oil around the track. As the race began, drivers were complaining of the speedy dry affecting their handling.
Simon Pagenaud would get into trouble early as he was sandwiched between Marcus Ericsson and Colton Herta going into turn one on the first lap. Pagenaud would be stuck outside of the top 15 for the remainder of the race.
Once again, the battle for the lead would come down to pole sitter Takuma Sato, who could not catch Scott Dixon in Saturday’s race, Will Power and rookie Pato O’Ward.
Sato would fade outside of the top five after issues on pit road, which led to a slow stop. Power would take advantage and lead with O’Ward behind him, followed by Josef Newgarden, rookie Rinus VeeKay and Herta.
On lap 153, Power was slowed by cars coming off of pit road and would cycle behind Newgarden and O’Ward off of pit road.
Similar to Saturday, it would be a two-car duel between Newgarden and O’Ward. Thanks to lapped traffic, O’Ward closed the gap to a half-second, but with four laps to go, Sato would get into the wall off of turn two to bring out a caution.
IndyCar could not get the race restarted and Newgarden picked up the victory under yellow conditions.
Newgarden cut Dixon’s championship lead to 96 points.
O’Ward earned his third podium finish of the season and second in a row. Power would round out the podium.
VeeKay earned his best-career finish with a fourth-place run. Dixon rounded out the top five.
IndyCar will take another month off and will return to racing on Oct. 2 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course for the IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix.